To my surprise, I enjoyed my visit in the museum. Indeed, it was a refreshing experience to at least know more about Brunei, my home for more than 3 years now.
Read on to know more.
By 3:30, I was already in the museum. The museum wasn't hard to find. It's located on the right side (if you're heading to Kota Bato) of the road. The signage was also big enough for visitors not to miss.
|The museum's facade|
Historically, in reference to the brochure in the lobby that I got, Muzium Brunei was first established in 1965 and was officially opened in 1972. From then, it has become a vital centre for displaying the archeology, ethnology and natural history of Brunei and Islamic art. With this information, I got excited to see the, of course, the history of Brunei, which has been my second home for more than three years now.
When I arrived in the lobby, I was informed that I’m not allowed to bring a bag, a camera or mobile phone inside the galleries. So I deposited my stuff in the locker. Ako lang ang naglagay. Self-service ika nga.Then, I started to move around.
There were few people. Most of them were foreigners. Yung iba, puti at yung iba naman ay possibleng from Malaysia, Indonesia and India. Probably, it's not the peak season of visits in Brunei. Or, probably, other tourists are in the other museum in Bandar.
In the lobby, some people were taking pictures of themselves in some life-size cut-outs of Brunei's tarsier, monkeys and more. Since kadarating ko pa lang and I'm really ecstatic to walk inside, I immediately entered to the first gallery.
|The entrance to the Biodiversity Gallery|
After an hour, I went to the second floor.
On the side, I just observed some details which the management could look at to improve the Museum's services. Apart from proof reading the spacing of some texts in posters and in displays, the museum could be conscious with spacing of displays. There was a portion in the Biodiversity gallery that a big display blocked the corner on whoever would want to read the information about a bird. Alternatively, perhaps the museum could work on some interactive dioramas and probably an added background sound effects or video could be played to hype the essence of remaking reality in visuals and texts such as in a museum.